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elebrate preparedness during PrepareAthon, a free community event that will teach you how to be ready when a disaster strikes.

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If you go into my basement you’ll find 3 gallons of water sitting on a dusty shelf. That is the extent of my preparedness. Despite my power going out for weeks at a time I still don’t do anything but talk about being prepared. The Science Museum of Virginia is doing their best to help me and others like me change from talkers of preparedness to actually being prepared.

On Saturday they’re hosting an event that includes all sorts of exhibits and workshops to get our collective rears in gear. Perhaps this will be the time that my three gallons of water will get some company.

From Science Museum of Virginia and NBC12:

Celebrate preparedness during PrepareAthon, a free community event that will teach you how to be ready when a disaster strikes! Uncover life-saving information to protect your family during an emergency and learn more about resiliency. Register for a Disaster Preparedness Workshop to receive a free Preparedness Kit, valued at $45, and meet with local experts to discuss safety preparedness.

Learn hands-only CPR, ride inside of an ambulance simulator and save three lives by donating blood. Sign up for a free rain barrel workshop at noon, limited to one barrel per family. Enjoy resiliency-themed climate change activities in the Museum, including Science on a Sphere® demonstrations, hands-on experiments in Eco Lab and beyond. Spaces for workshops are limited, call 804.864.1400 to reserve your space today!

Check out the PrepareAthon schedule here and find out how to challenge your family to be more resilient! Take a look at our Resiliency Checklist to determine your preparedness level.

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More than 25 local restaurants participating in Richmond Vegan Food Week through January 30th

This year V72 will not include an in-person speaker event and vegan market portion. However, there will be more time to support local restaurants and try delicious, unique plant-based dishes in Richmond from Tuesday, January 26th through Sunday, January 31st.

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Vegan Action and Richmond VegFest have joined forces to bring Richmond 144 hours of Vegan Food in 2021. While V72 will certainly look different this year, organizers say it will be just as delicious as years’ past. However this year, it will be 6 days instead of 3, so organizers are calling it “V72x2”.

This year V72 will not include an in-person speaker event and vegan market portion. However, there will be more time to support local restaurants and try delicious, unique plant-based dishes in Richmond from Tuesday, January 26th through Sunday, January 31st. In addition, there will be a Food Truck Day at Hardywood Richmond on Saturday, January 30th featuring 1115 Mobile Kitchen and Seoul to Soul Food Truck from 1 to 8 pm.

Participating local restaurants are offering unique, newly created vegan items on their menu especially for V72x2 for 6 days. Richmonders have the opportunity to support local restaurants during these tough times and try special vegan items on their menu.

Folks can track all of the V72 menu items they’ve tried on our digital passport. If they visit 5 locations on the passport, they will be entitled to a special treat from our dessert sponsor SCOOP RVA.

More than 25 restaurants have been confirmed throughout the Richmond area:

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Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge

The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.

The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.

“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
time.”

Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.

“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”

Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.

Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.

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Diversity Richmond Providing Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru

Food will be distributed by order of arrival, no early arrivals will be accepted.

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Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru
Thurs., Nov. 26th
11:30 a.m. ’til 2:00 p.m.
Diversity Richmond parking lot
1407 Sherwood Ave., RVA 23220

You’re invited to swing by a pick up a free delicious hot Thanksgiving meal catered by Ms. Girlee’s Kitchen, courtesy of Black Pride RVA and the Laughing Gull Foundation.

Food will be distributed by order of arrival. We will not accept early arrivals. To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and community members, we will adhere to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your vehicle and open the window of your vehicle when it’s your turn in line. All COVID-19 protocols are in place for all people preparing and handling the food. See you then!

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